The Global Greens is the partnership of the world’s Green parties and political movements, working cooperatively to implement the Global Greens Charter. This unique and inspiring document sets out our core values of ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, nonviolence, sustainability and respect for diversity.
With members in over 90 countries, the Greens are the world's fastest growing political family. We work for change inside and outside the world's parliaments and have elected representatives in all corners of the world at local, state and national level, and in the European Parliament. The Global Greens are organised into four federations in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
We aim to make the 21st century a green century! This means fundamentally reforming the dominant economic model, tackling climate change, ending the hunger crisis, promoting vibrant democracy, working for peace, protecting biodiversity and more.
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A brief history
The Global Greens was founded at the first Global Greens Congress, held in Canberra, Australia in April 2001. This was the culmination of a 30-year journey from the beginning of the world's first Green parties in 1972. These were in the Australian state of Tasmania (the United Tasmania Group) and in New Zealand (the Values Party). Others followed quickly: in 1973 PEOPLE (later the Ecology Party) was set up in the UK and in other European countries Green and radical parties sprang up in the following years.
By 1992 there were enough Green parties to hold the first Planetary Meeting of Greens, in conjunction with the Rio Earth Summit in Brazil. In 1999, the Milenio Verde conference in Oaxaca, Mexico, was attended by 150 Greens from 24 countries.
In 2001, the first Global Greens Congress adopted the Global Greens Charter, and set up mechanisms for ongoing collaboration: the Global Greens Coordination and the Global Greens Network. In 2008 the second Congress in São Paolo, Brazil adopted 21 Commitments for the 21st Century, and set the groundwork for employing the first Global Greens Secretary appointed in 2010. The third Congress was held in Dakar, Senegal in 2012.
The next Congress is scheduled for Europe in late 2016 or early 2017; the location is still to be determined.